Contemplative Outreach of Wichita
Silence, Solitude, Solidarity, Service

"Be still and know that I am God." Psalm 46:10

The intent of Contemplative Outreach is to foster the process of transformation in Christ in one another through the practice of Centering Prayer.

The members of Contemplative Outreach of Greater Wichita, Kansas seek the living tradition of the contemplative Christian heritage through the teachings of Fr. Thomas Keating and others. We offer and recommend prayer groups, retreats and events that support the contemplative life in the midst of ordinary life.

Contemplative Tradition
Centering Prayer is based on Jesus' Sermon on the Mount (Matt: 6:6): "...But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door and pray to your Father in secret and your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you."   

It is also inspired by writings of major contributors to the Christian contemplative heritage including the Desert Fathers and Mothers, John Cassian, Francis de Sales, Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, Therese of Lisieux and Thomas Merton.   

The method is taken from the 14th Century book, The Cloud of Unknowing, written by an anonymous Carthusian monk.

Events, Retreats, Workshops

Fr. Carl Arico Retreat: "Is Your Yes a Yes or a Maybe?"
Saturday, February 17 at Avila University in Kansas City

We welcome the beloved Fr. Carl Arico to Kansas City to share the power of consent and the challenge of staying faithful. This is a unique opportunity to sit at the feet of Fr. Carl, endearing, captivating and legendary in his wise, humorous and humble sharing. The retreat includes two periods of Centering Prayer and a Praying of the Scriptures. A balance of silence/presentation/prayer and practice will provide rhythm for these Lenten days in this tranquil retreat setting.

Fr. Carl Arico is a founding member of Contemplative Outreach and a long-time friend of Father Thomas Keating. He is the author of A Taste of Silence and has traveled extensively in the United States and internationally to present workshops and retreats. Fr. Carl's books will be on sale at the retreat, and he will be available to sign them.

Registration: $55, includes lunch. Contact Contemporary Spirituality, or phone Mike Matteuzzi at 913-253-2510. For a brochure on the retreat, Click here.

Resources: Learn the Prayer of Silence

Where to Pray
  • Mondays, 9:30-11:00 am: Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina, optional sharing and inspirational video at the Spiritual Life Center, 7100 E 45th St N, Bel Aire, KS. Contact the Center here, 316-744-0167, or contact Mary Seitz: 316-253-8296.

  • Mondays, 12:00-1:00 pm: 20 minutes of Centering Prayer, enrichment and optional sharing time. Meets in the Agape Center in the Richert House at Bethel College, 300 27th St., North Newton. Agape is located on the south edge of the campus between Bethel College Mennonite Church and the Fine Arts Center. Contact Nathan Koontz, 620-662-9385.

  • Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30 pm, Starting October 1: Centering Prayer, with two sits and a meditative walk in between, at St. Vincent de Paul Church, 123 N. Andover Rd., Andover, KS. Meets in the Catacombs (basement stairs by main entrance). Contact Sharon Gash: 316-214-1971.

  • 3rd Tuesday of the month, 6:30-8:00 pm: Centering Prayer, sharing, and enrichment with a DVD by Fr. William Meninger or Fr. Thomas Keating, both from St. Benedict's Monastery in Snowmass, CO. At The Wichita Center (Adorers of the Blood of Christ Convent), 1165 SW Blvd., Wichita. Contact Shirley Bessette: 316-806-4068.


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